347 days left until Canoecopia!     March 8 - 10
Canoecopia is presented by

Presenting Sponsor

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Madison, Wisconsin

Show Hours
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM

1-Day: $15.00
3-Day: $30.00
Ages 17 and under are FREE
Cash or check only for tickets purchased at the event

Parking Fees
1-Day: $8.00
Cash or credit, fees collected by Alliant Energy Center


  Steve Ballou


Boozhoo (Ojibwe greeting)
Steve Ballou is an Interpretive Ranger at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore where he performs a variety of duties mainly focused on connecting people to the wonders of the Islands and the Great Lakes Environment through educational and experiential outreach. As part of connecting the park and its rangers to people Steve "launched" a kayak ranger program in 2018 that facilitates placed-based interaction with visitors along the mainland sea caves and not so unintentionally makes his job that much more awesome.

A geologist by training, Steve previously worked in an academic setting and served as a seasonal ranger in Yellowstone National Park for over a decade before coming to the Apostle Islands (He still misses geysers). He enjoys several silent sports but loves to paddle among the islands more than anything, and is excited to present "Kayaking in the Apostle Islands"


Steve Ballou
 Paddling in the Apostle Islands
Algonquin - main floor Fri 4:30pm-5:15pm 
Algonquin - main floor Sat 2:30pm-3:15pm 
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore draws people from all over to experience the beauty and rugged wilderness of these islands and Lake Superior. What does it take to paddle and camp in this special place? Are you prepared to travel the waters of Lake Superior safely? With proper planning and preparation, you can have the adventure of a lifetime. Join Ranger Steve to explore the ins and outs of your next trip to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. How did the Apostle Islands get the name?